70 Cultural Organisations across England awarded a share of £60 million in Round 3 of the Cultural Development Fund

More than 70 cultural organisations across the country are to be given a financial boost through Round 3 of the Arts Council’s Cultural Development Fund so they can improve people’s access to arts, support local economic growth through culture and safeguard vital local collections for future generations.

Successful organisations will share a pot of £58.8 million which will see arts venues transformed, upgraded and created as part of the government’s plans to make sure everyone, no matter where they live, can access the UK’s world-renowned culture.

The Cultural Development Fund, which totals more than £200 million and was launched in 2019, is made up of three separate streams, the Cultural Development Fund, the Libraries Improvement Fund and the Museum Estate and Development Fund. It is designed to protect and improve people’s access to culture, regenerate communities, upgrade buildings and digital infrastructure and use investment to promote economic growth.

In this round of funding, £32.4 million has gone to eight Cultural Development Fund projects, £4.9 million to 27 projects as part of the Libraries Improvement Fund and £21.4 million has gone to 36 museums through the Museum Estate and Development Fund.

A full list of awards is available at the foot of the press release from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Successful applicants in the South West region are:

o £3,000,000 to North Devon Council (congratulations to GRIN member, Dominie, for working on this proposal wearing her other hat as Economic Development Manager at North Devon Council).
o £207,000 to Libraries Unlimited (Devon).
o £495,000 to Coldharbour Mill Museum in Uffculme, Mid Devon.
o £498,000 to The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.
o £185,608 to The Museum of Cornish Life in Helston, Cornwall.
o £320,000 to Nothe Fort in Weymouth, Dorset.
o £728,985 to SS Great Britain in Bristol.
o £367,027 to Tewkesbury Museum in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and
o £1,494,284 to Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, Cornwall.


Image: the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon in Barnstaple, Devon has been awarded a grant of £3 million in 
Round 3 of the Cultural Development Fund.